Relax aboard ‘Athos,’ a charming vessel converted from an authentic wine barge — with bright cabins and a spacious, canopied sun deck. Absorb the beauty of the Canal du Midi and "Petit Camargue" wetlands, visit the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, taste olive oil where it is pressed, sample vermouth at the distillery of Noilly Prat and explore the indoor market at Narbonne.
Day 1 - SUNDAY
Meet in Béziers, then embark on charming ‘Athos,’ converted from an authentic wine barge, moored in the port of Argeliers. Enjoy a welcome reception upon boarding.
Day 2 - MONDAY
Disembark for a guided walk through the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. Later in the day, after continuing your cruise along the historic canal, moor at La Croisade for the night.
Day 3 - TUESDAY
Go ashore to visit the L’Oulibo cooperative for a tasting of organic olives and olive oils accompanied by a glass of wine. Visit the hilltop village of Minerve, site of a medieval Cathar fortress. Later, cruise to the quaint village of Capestang.
Day 4 - WEDNESDAY
Enjoy a morning visit to a lively and colorful indoor market in Narbonne. This afternoon, negotiate the seven-lock staircase at Fonserannes, experiencing this marvel of 17th-century engineering firsthand.
Day 5 - THURSDAY
Visit the market town of Pézenas and view the uniquely striking architecture of the local mansions once owned by nobles of the Languedoc court. Also discover the town’s history with legendary French playwright Molière, who once lived here, before cruising to Portiragnes.
Day 6 - FRIDAY
Today, cruise through the estuaries of the “Petit Camargue,” a birdwatcher’s paradise. Moor in the port at Marseillan to tour the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery and enjoy a tasting, and then return to your vessel for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7 - SATURDAY
After breakfast on board, bid ‘Athos’ adieu and disembark in Marseillan for your transfer back to Béziers.